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God, Himself based on the receiving or not receiving of the sought after blessing. Perhaps our focus has been on the wrong thing. Are we more interested in achieving a certain immediate outcome or aligning our desires with the will of God and learning to see as He sees, know as He knows, and become as He is? The answer we give to that question could change the entire way we view our relationship with God, the power of the priesthood, and the role of faith in seeking and receiving blessings. From the dawn of the pre-mortal existence, after having received our spirit bodies through the gracious exercising of Divine procreative powers, our sole objective was to progress, grow, and develop until we achieved the status of godhood ourselves. God does not do things by chance. Everything He does is according to a perfectly conceived, well designed plan. No happenstance, no serendipitous happenings, no surprises to God. As our Father, He knew before we ever came to earth when we would be born, how long we would live, and how far we would travel (see Acts 17:26). In fact, He numbered the inhabitants of the earth according to His foreknowledge of the national, racial, and individual needs of His beloved children (see Deuteronomy 32:8-9). Our earthly experiences were already mapped out and agreed to before we ever came to earth. President Joseph F Smith said: All those salient truths which come home so forcibly to the head and heart seem but the awakening of the memories of the spirit. Can we know anything here that we did not know before we came? Are not the means of knowledge in the first estate equal to those of this? I think that the spirit, before and after this probation, possesses greater facilities, aye, manifold greater, for the acquisition of knowledge, than while manacled and shut up in the prison-house of mortality. 4
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Had we not known before we came the necessity of our coming, the importance of obtaining tabernacles, the glory to be achieved in posterity, the grand object to be attained by being tried and tested—weighed in the balance, in the exercise of the divine attributes, god-like powers and free agency with which we are endowed; whereby, after descending below all things, Christ-like, we might ascend above all things, and become like our Father, Mother and Elder Brother, Almighty and Eternal!—we never would have come; that is, if we could have stayed away. I believe that our Savior is the ever-living example to all flesh in all these things. He no doubt possessed a foreknowledge of all the vicissitudes through which he would have to pass in the mortal tabernacle, when the foundations of this earth were laid, “when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” When he conversed with the brother of Jared, on the Mount, in his spiritual body, he understood his mission, and knew the work he had to do, as thoroughly as when he ascended from the Mount of Olives before the wondering gaze of the Jewish disciples, with his resurrected, glorious and immortal body.
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